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Adopt a crocodile, learn to cook a French meal and improve your GK — along the seaboard

With a view
Located against the backdrop of the Buckingham Canal on ECR, Buckingham Gardens offers three villa styles – Orchid, Lotus and Jasmine. With features ranging from gazebos and barbecue pits to home theatre rooms and landscaped water bodies, these luxury villas (from Rs 8.25 crore onwards, delivery by March 2014) are available on invitation only. Three furnished showcase villas are currently on display for three months and those interested can call 9840932337

French digest
How about learning to cook a three course French meal? Take part in the French cuisine classes at Sita Cultural Centre by Fleur Soumer, an expat who has been having these classes for six months now. The approximately four-hour-long session will teach you to cook a starter, main course and dessert, and will end with dinner at the centre. Participation is limited to eight people only. Registration (all inclusive) from Rs 1,000 onwards. Details: 9894038615

Art for therapy
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The two-day Art Therapy Retreat in Auroville will have you drawing, painting, creating collages, recycled art and more. The facilitator for the retreat, Tia Pleiman, is an art therapist living at Auroville and working with several villages around the township. From November 30, 9 am to November 31, 5 pm. At Rs 3,000 per participant, inclusive of activities, lunch and refreshments. Details: 8940219725

IQ boost
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DakshinaChitra’s annual Children’s Quiz is back. Open to students from class six, seven and eight, it will cover topics like heritage and culture, current affairs, identifying artefacts, etc. Schools can enrol their teams of three members each. The first prize will be cycles sponsored by TI Cycles. On November 16, from 10 am to 3 pm. Details: 24462435, 24918943

Discovering Mahe
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Starting today, the Alliance Francaise of Pondicherry will be showcasing old maps and plans dating back close to three centuries at the exhibition Le Vieux Mahe. It invites you to discover the history of coastal town Mahe between 1721 and 1817. At Maison Colombani, till December 6. Details: 0413 2334315

Crocodile station
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The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology have feeding sessions every Sunday from 11.30 am onwards, and informative talks as well. If you like what you see, why not adopt one of the reptiles there? By adopting an animal (Rs 10,000 onwards) you will be helping the centre feed the animal for a year. You also get special privileges along with a photograph of the animal you have adopted. Details: education.mcbt@gmail.com

— Team Indulge

indulge@newindianexpress.com

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